The Shale Game: Inside the shale

    See how the drilling and fracking process works, get up close to a well pad, view drilling activity in Pennsylvania and see the location of shale deposits across the United States.


    Shale gas plays in the lower 48 states. (Click for larger version. Source: Energy Information Administration based on data from various published studies. Updated: March 10, 2010)




    More information:

    Penn State’s guide to water and natural gas drilling

    Gas development in Bradford County

    Leasing information from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    Blog from the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate school of public health

    Stronger’s review of gas drilling regulations in Pennsylvania

    Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group

    Pennsylvania Land Trust’s report on gas driller violations (pdf link)

    Committee of Seventy’s Marcellus Shale explainer





    Visit a well pad in Bradford County where gas drilling will soon begin. Mark Madden, a Penn State Extension Officer, shows us his family’s leased land. (Video by Kerry Grens. Edited by Kimberly Paynter)



    Active marcellus shale wells in Pennsylvania. Click on a point to view information about individual wells. [Source: PA DEP]

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